Visit Mount Vernon in the spring to see the gardens in bloom and meet our newborn lambs.

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Explore the Gardens

Spring is the best time of year to experience Mount Vernon's four gardens, including a formal garden and a garden that supplied the kitchen. 

To get an in-depth look at the gardens, take our Gardens & Groves tour, offered April- October.

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Take a Photo Cruise on the Potomac River

Photograph George Washington's estate as you take a narrated tour on the Potomac River. Cruises are available seasonally, March through fall.

 

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Visit the Distillery & Gristmill

Visit fully functioning reconstructions of George Washington's Distillery® and Gristmill, located 2.7 miles from the estate’s main entrance.

See where Washington produced flour and cornmeal, and step into the distillery where we make George Washington's whiskey today.

The Distillery & Gristmill are open April-October. Shuttles run to and from the main estate.

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Meet the Animals Who Live at Mount Vernon

Visit with the animals who live at Mount Vernon, such as Ossabaw Island Hogs, Dominique Chickens, and Red Devon Cattle.

By the end of March, we generally have more than 20 newborn lambs. Mount Veron raises Hog Island sheep, a rare breed that is native to Virginia and dates back to the 1600s.

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Shop the Historic Plant & Garden Sale

From late April to late May, purchase plants grown in Mount Vernon's greenhouses at this annual outdoor garden sale.

Plants and garden-themed merchandise, including tools, are also available.

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Learn About 18th-Century Farming

From April through October, head to the Pioneer Farm for a taste of 18th-century farm life. Watch farming demonstrations, including plowing, harvesting, and cooking.

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Take a Specialty Tour

Add to your experience by taking one of our add-on tours. 

Rainy Day?

If the weather doesn't cooperate for your visit, participate in our indoor activities. 

Visit our museum to see artifacts belonging to the Washingtons, including George Washington's famous dentures. Experience the Revolutionary War with our 4D movie, and step into a leadership role with the interactive Be Washington experience.

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Mount Vernon is located in northern Virginia, just a short drive from Washington, D.C.

For more information about things to do in Virginia, visit Virginia.org, the official tourism website for the state of Virginia. You’ll find an overview of each region in Virginia, as well as information about cultural attractions, upcoming events, and where to stay. You can also purchase merchandise featuring the official Virginia slogan, “Virginia is for Lovers.”

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